Rownal or Rownall..?

Posted by: lightweightmick

Rownal or Rownall..? - 24/02/12 12:47 PM

I rarely post outside the c2c thread but it turns out my grandfather on my mother's side came from here. I found this out last year when an Aunt died and I spoke to some relatives after the funeral.
Inspired by the family connection (stifles laugh), this year I've spent hours plotting out the whole route and have had some great evenings viewing the whole route on 'flyby' on Google Earth (ah, were it this simple...)
Looks good... but then I recently discovered that there is a Rownall in Staffordshire... oops... Not so sure which it is with the family connection, though the Powys Rownal is right on the route and quiet close to my mother's birthplace nr Welshpool.
Still OD still looks like a route worth tackling and I have done quite a bit of spadework.
So which way is best S-N or N-S. I was looking at N-S but it looks better on the Northern sections (mind you I have probably spent longer going over the N end on Google)
Posted by: Alan F

Re: Rownal or Rownall..? - 24/02/12 09:12 PM

Having done it in 2010,I would say the South to North option is better.That way the last day over the Clwyd hills is excellent,with a high level arrival into Prestatyn,which is much better then the first day out of Chepstow,which I found totally dismal (housing estates,high level woods with no views,and cow fields).
The Pandy to Churchtown section was excellent,as was Pontcysyllte aquaduct to Bodfari,with some dismal stuff in between,although I am a fan of high level ridge walks.
Problems were lack of campsites,especially at start and finish,so you need a list of farms and houses that allow camping,although many of these are not near the essential facilities such as pubs.
Apart from on the Pandy to Hay mountain ridge for day trippers,I did'nt pass many others doing it.
As an overall rating,I'd put it in at number 4 ,below 1.Pennine Way,2.Coast to Coast,3.SW Coast Path, but above 5.North Downs Way and 6.Ridgeway.
Posted by: lightweightmick

Re: Rownal or Rownall..? - 25/02/12 10:49 AM

Nice one Alan, thanks for that. Looks like a few wild camps will be order then,